Chairman – Dan F. Augustin, Real Base Investments
Long before becoming an asset to the CPRF Board of Directors, retired manufacturer Dan Augustin was already helping to further lifelong independence for people with disabilities. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Augustin co-owned B&B Machining & Tooling, Inc., and Forming and Machining Industries, both located in Wichita.
His manufacturing expertise and relationship with Patrick Jonas, CPRF president and CEO, soon attracted the attention of John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., CPRF founder and president emeritus, who invited Mr. Augustin to Center Industries Corporation. One visit to CIC is all it took to capture Mr. Augustin’s commitment to the CPRF vision. By 1992 the veteran manufacturer and consultant joined the CPRF team to assist CIC with the setup of CNC machining and the Boeing window frame production process.
Over the years, he helped with a number of projects. Most recently, he provided assistance in solidifying the U.S. Census Bureau contract awarded to Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
Mr. Augustin, a member of the board of directors since June 2001, said that the people CPRF serves are his inspiration to be so involved.
He is also encouraged by the partnerships that CPRF continuously seeks with local, state, federal and private sector agencies.
Today Mr. Augustin co-owns Real Base Investments.
Vice Chairman – Robert P. Daniels
A leader in international petroleum exploration, Robert P. Daniels, Senior vice president, Worldwide Exploration for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., has served on the CPRF board of directors since May 2001.
Although business takes him across international lines, Mr. Daniels’s heart reserves a place for an organization in his hometown. This commitment to the Wichita community dates back to his earliest childhood and a friendship that has endured the test of time.
Mr. Daniels has known the Jonas family since the first grade when he and Patrick Jonas, now CPRF president and CEO, began their lifelong friendship. Although college and career have taken the two men in different directions, their friendship has never waned.
Mr. Daniels first became involved with people with disabilities when, as a teen, he volunteered with Jonas to work summers at the Jaycee Cerebral Palsy Ranch.
While a high school freshman, Mr. Daniels met a college student at the camp and credits this meeting as one of the reasons he has become involved with CPRF. Fred Markham, recalls Mr. Daniels, had cerebral palsy and was a man with a body that would not cooperate and a mind fully capable of achieving a journalism degree and a career as a writer.
When Patrick Jonas called Mr. Daniels with an invitation to serve as a member of the CPRF board of directors, he did not hesitate. Mr. Daniels, an accomplished international businessman, has a focus for his work on the CPRF board: to expand CPRF’s reach and touch more lives.
Mr. Daniels also serves on the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas board and is a Trustee of the American Geological Institute Foundation.
Treasurer – Michael C. Burrus
A graduate of Wichita State University and a successful businessman, Michael C. Burrus has been active in numerous charitable, religious, and civic activities including his current position on the CPRF Board of Directors.
In 1994, he served as chairman for CPRF's Annual Fund Advisory Council and under his leadership, the council secured commitments totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars in support of CPRF's capital campaign.
Mr. Burrus, a CPA by profession, has guided Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Wichita since 2013. Previous to his position with Catholic Charities, he spent 12 and a half years applying his leadership abilities and passion in serving as President of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School.
During the early years of his career, he utilized his business background in various executive capacities, including working as president of Multimedia Cablevision, Inc. (predecessor of Cox Communications) and Multimedia Security Service, Inc. He began his career with a national public accounting firm.
Secretary – Russell W. Meyer, III, CitationPartners
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Russell W. Meyer, III has been active in several charitable activities including his current position on the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Board of Directors. In 2004, he joined the CPRF Champions for Children Advisory Council. He has been sponsorship chair for every CPRF River City Roll, and served as event chair for the first River City Roll in 2007.
Mr. Meyer spent 20 years in the aviation industry in roles including sales, marketing, and program management, primarily at Cessna Aircraft Company. After graduation from college he served in the military as an F-16 fighter pilot and flew 50 missions during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Meyer received an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina.
Patrick T. Jonas, CPRF President & CEO
Patrick T. Jonas graduated from Wichita State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He then directed nursery and pediatric physical therapy care programs at the Beatrice State Developmental Center, Beatrice, Neb. After returning to Kansas, he worked with Mid-Kansas Physical Therapy Outpatient Services. In 1986, he partnered with East and West Side Physical Therapy, which included outpatient services and consulting to Center Industries Corp., Rainbows United, and his alma mater, Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School, Wichita, Kan. The practice was sold in 1998.
Mr. Jonas first began working with CPRF as a Board of Directors member in 1996, accepting a position as CPRF COO in 1998. Two years later, he was appointed by the Board of Directors as President and CEO.
Mr. Jonas oversees the day-to-day operations of the Wichita-based foundation and acts as Board of Directors liaison for CPRF’s affiliate support organizations, Center Industries Corporation and Business Technology Career Opportunities, Inc.
The CPRF mission is to provide people with disabilities customized services, supports, and technologies to facilitate their chosen economic and personal independence, with an emphasis on employment and training. The foundation operates a variety of services for people with disabilities, including a wheelchair and posture seating clinic, the School of Adaptive Computer Training, and accessible housing, to name a few.
Fueled by his personal involvement with CPRF as a high school volunteer and a personal care staffer in college, along with the example of his pioneering father, John F. Jonas Jr., CPRF Founder, Mr. Jonas desired to become more directly involved in carrying out CPRF’s mission after moving away from his career as a physical therapist. He continuously champions various local, state, and federal funding issues faced by disability service nonprofits.
Mr. Jonas and his wife, Pamela, have four children: Carrie, Tim, Gavin and Frankie.
Mr. Jonas serves on Boards of Directors for CPRF, BTCO, Inc., CIC, United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas, Interhab, Kansas Workforce Investment, and the Statewide Independent Living Council.
Sarah DeVries joined CPRF’s Board of Directors in 2023. She is excited about the organization’s commitment to serving people with disabilities, providing services that help people and thrive independently in the lifestyle of their choice.
Mrs. DeVries first learned about CPRF in 1997, when her son Jack was diagnosed with autism and she was researching services for their family. She knew about CPRF’s Wheelchair & Posture Seating Clinic through friends in the disability community, and knew firsthand what the staff were doing to improve their clients’ quality of life.
Mrs. DeVries graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her career began in hotel leadership, opening several locations for Residence Inn and Marriott in Chicago. She then served as Director of Sales for the Marriott Chicago O’Hare. In addition to serving on CPRF’s Board of Directors, Mrs. DeVries serves on the Holy Family Special Needs Foundation board through the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
“When our son Jack was diagnosed with autism very little was known. He was nonverbal and moderate to severely autistic. We began a search for services and were fortunate to find excellent ones here in Wichita. Jack is now a structural engineer living independently in Kansas City. My husband Mark and I consider ourselves fortunate to have had so many people willing to help us and Jack. CPRF provides the help and resources for people and families like mine and I’m honored to be able to be a part of that.”
Dave Jones served as Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas for 39 years. Throughout his tenure, Dave assisted tens of thousands of Kansans with disabilities to procure assistive technology and medical equipment while providing guidance and resources to families who had a child with a disability. Dave also made a point to cultivate strong partnerships with several United Way agencies in Kansas so that UCP and CPRF could serve as many Kansans as possible, no matter where they live.
Dave is beloved by families and colleagues throughout the state. We are happy that his vast knowledge (and truly legendary sense of humor) will be a part of CPRF’s future.
Timothy Koehler, D.O.
Dr. Timothy Koehler has been a long-time supporter of CPRF’s mission and is heavily involved in Wichita’s medical community. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, Dr. Koehler went on to attend medical school at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Now retired, Dr. Koehler has a background as a family medicine practitioner, most recently at Northwest Family Physicians. His medical knowledge and passion to care for others has led him to serve on the Board of Directors for the Guadalupe Clinic, a non-profit health clinic that provides medical care to those who are medically underserved in our community.
We are grateful to have Dr. Koehler join CPRF’s Board of Directors, and we are glad that his knowledge, insight, and expertise will help guide us through these upcoming chapters.
Dee Ann McIntyre
Dee Ann McIntyre is a Wichita native and graduate of Washburn University, Topeka, Kan. She was appointed to the CPRF Board of Directors in June 2012.
Mrs. McIntyre worked as the administrative assistant to then Kansas House Minority Leader Pete Loux in the mid-70s and later as assistant to the Senate Majority Leader. In 1976 she moved to Denver to work for Legis 50: the Center for Legislative Improvement as a project manager for the Model Committee Staff Project in Health. She moved to Oklahoma to become director of Committee Staff for the State Senate in 1979.
Mrs. McIntyre joined the Alliance of American Insurers in Chicago in 1981 where she managed lobbyists in a five-state region. In 1989, she moved to Washington DC where she managed the mid-Atlantic region for the Alliance. In 1991 she joined the National Association of Brokers in Washington, DC, as director of state affairs.
Her primary residence is in Santa Fe, NM, with homes in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Chicago; Merida, Mexico; Wichita; and Washington DC. In addition to the CPRF board, she serves on: the New Mexico Museum Foundation Board in Santa Fe; The McIntyre Foundation; both the Cedar Rapids Art Museum Board and the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids; and on the National Advisory Board of the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.
In 1995, Mrs. McIntyre married Scotty McIntyre, then chairman of the board of United Fire Group in Cedar Rapids. They were married 15 years until his death in 2009. She has three children from her first marriage, and five grandchildren.
Pete Meitzner, Sedgwick County Commissioner (District 1)
Mr. Meitzner is a lifelong resident of Wichita and a graduate of Wichita State University. After working in the banking industry for thirteen years, he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and started a telecom company, where he remains active.
Commissioner Meitzner’s experience with budgeting and his knowledge of the community keep our city moving in a positive and responsible direction. His business experience allows him to work closely with numerous state, county, and city governments all over the country and has provided him firsthand knowledge and insight on various ways to effectively run a city.
Mr. Meitzner is committed to helping Wichita become a great place to live and work. He plans to expand his ability to serve our community and make a positive impact on our city and its residents.
In addition to serving as District 1 Sedgwick County Commissioner and a CPRF Board Member, Mr. Meitzner also serves, or has served, with the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, and The Lord’s Diner Advisory Board.
Linus Ohaebosim, D.O.
Lending his medical knowledge and experience to strengthen the CPRF board of directors, Dr. Linus Ohaebosim has served since August 1995.
Named the H.O.P.E., Inc., Physician of the Year in 1996, Dr. Ohaebosim has established himself in the community through numerous affiliations beyond CPRF. He is a 14-year member of the World Trade Council, Holy Savior Parish Pastoral Council chairman, and a Knight of St. John International member to name a few.
Most notably, Dr. Ohaebosim maintains an intimate relationship with those from his hometown of Amaigbo, Nigeria, where he was appointed Chief Agu Eze - The Orji 1 of Amaigbo in 1992. In that lifelong capacity, Dr. Ohaebosim leads his hometown chief’s council in decision affecting the community.
Since joining the CPRF board, Dr. Ohaebosim has contributed significantly to the success of the posture seating clinic and other medically-related projects by applying such a vast understanding of the medical challenges CPRF customers encounter.
Dr. Ohaebosim, who grew up in Nigeria, received his master’s degree in chemistry from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kan. He later studied medicine at the University of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and interned at the Lansing General Hospital in Lansing, Mich. In 1976, Dr. Ohaebosim obtained his license to practice medicine and surgery in Kansas and was licensed in Nigeria by the Nigerian Medical Association.
In 2003, Dr. Ohaebosim was as named the National Republican Congressional Committee’s Physicians’ Advisory Board Physician of the Year and was also nominated for the Via Christi Riverside Medical Center St. Luke Physician Recognition Award. In that year, he was also designated by the American Board of Disability Analysts as a Disability Analyst and Fellow. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Wichita National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was also named the 1996 H.O.P.E., Inc., Physician of the Year.
Daniel J. Taylor, Taylor Enterprises, Inc.
Known to those in the world of business as an expert in financial investments, Daniel J. Taylor, Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Board of Directors treasurer, is also known for taking his CPRF position as a personal responsibility.
Of being an effective board member, Mr. Taylor once said: “It is the primary responsibility of the board of directors to oversee the general policies, philosophy and direction of the organization. Our other primary role is to assume leadership in fund-raising, both by example and by solicitation. If someone is willing to pedigree an organization with his name and his talent, he must carry over and contribute to the organization.”
An astute businessman, Mr. Taylor manages his own private investments, consisting of securities, restaurants, banking and manufacturing through the group, Taylor Enterprises, Inc. Naming the CPRF administrative offices in his honor reflects his commitment to applying those skills to the mission of training and employment for people with disabilities.
In 1988, Mr. Taylor's longtime friend and business partner, Daniel M. Carney, asked him to serve on the CPRF board of directors to provide financial advice. Mr. Taylor accepted the treasurer's position, and today serves as vice chairman. Mr. Taylor also serves as the chairman of the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation's Endowment Association.
Dan Taylor, Jr., Taylor Enterprises, Inc.
A Wichita native, Dan Taylor has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Duke University. He is Vice President of Taylor Enterprises, Inc.
Mr. Taylor's connection with CPRF began when he was young: his father, Daniel Taylor, Sr., has served on CPRF’s Board of Directors since 1988. Over the years, Mr. Taylor has provided CPRF with his support and knowledge by serving on the River City Roll Event Committee and on the Champions for Children Advisory Council.
“After having been involved with a variety of organizations over the years, I’ve come to appreciate that CPRF is rather unique in its capacity to provide profound and enduring benefits to the variety of clients it serves,” Taylor said. “Moreover, by virtue of its comprehensive array of services—from posture seating, educational and occupational opportunities, and even political advocacy—CPRF affords a path to independence, self-sufficiency, and dignity for these individuals that ultimately results in tangible benefits to our entire society. I’m not familiar with another organization that checks all those boxes.”
Mr. Taylor and his wife Susan keep busy in their spare time with their school-age sons.
Patrick A. Terick
Patrick A. Terick joined CPRF’s Board of Directors in the summer of 2023 after retiring from CPRF after 43 years as Director of Governmental Activities. During his career, Mr. Terick developed strong working relationships with legislatures on local, state, and federal levels, bringing awareness to the importance of CPRF’s services. Mr. Terick’s efforts have been vital for legislation that supports Kansans with disabilities.
Mr. Terick grew up in New Jersey, moving to Kansas in 1976 to attend Bethany College. Upon graduating with a degree in business economics, he worked for the State of Kansas at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, serving as an administrative assistant and account clerk.
Later that year, Mr. Terick met CPRF Founder John F. “Jack” Jonas Jr., and became a member of the CPRF team. In 1977, Mr. Terick became the Research Utilization Specialist for Rehabilitation Engineering — a national center that was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
In 1999, Mr. Terick became President of DCSS Ability, L.L.C. — a partnership between CPRF and Digital Consulting and Software Services based out of Houston, Texas. DCSS Ability took information technology employment opportunities to people with disabilities through customized application services, system support, and help-desk services until it was acquired by BTCO, Inc., in 2007.
In addition to serving on CPRF’s Board of Directors, Mr. Terick serves on the Board of Directors for White Eagle Credit Union.
Mr. Terick lives in Augusta with his wife, Judy. They attend St. James Catholic Church where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his retirement, Mr. Terick enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.